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NATURE: Penguin Post Office

Penguin colony in front of the Boat Shed at Port Lockroy.
Courtesy of © Ruth Peacey
Penguin colony in front of the Boat Shed at Port Lockroy.

Airs Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

A penguin pair change over nest duty.
Courtesy of © Ruth Peacey
A penguin pair change over nest duty.
Gentoo chicks pose for the camera.
Courtesy of © Ruth Peacey
Gentoo chicks pose for the camera.
Gentoo family poses for a picture at Port Lockroy.
Courtesy of © Ruth Peacey
Gentoo family poses for a picture at Port Lockroy.

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NATURE has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including 12 Emmys, three Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club. The series received two of wildlife film industry’s highest honors: the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Wildscreen Festival and the Grand Teton Award given by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

"Penguin Post Office" - In the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula there’s a post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and 3,000 gentoo penguins. Every summer, as staff put stamps on postcards, the penguins return from their fishing grounds to their breeding grounds, trek nearly two miles across sea ice and snow, rush to find a partner, build a nest, lay eggs and protect them from predators, and finally get down to the task of raising their young. Watch their four-month drama unfold as cruise ships come and go, bringing tourists to buy postcards and photograph penguins – the backdrop to the penguins’ lives.

Editors Note: In anticipation of the upcoming episode "Penguin Post Office" the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust has graciously allowed NATURE to republish recent blog posts from staff stationed at Port Lockroy in Antarctica, the home of the ‘Penguin Post Office’. You can read more about the goings-on at the post office–and the penguins who live there–on the official Port Lockroy blog.

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